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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Asia (02/26/09)

TITLE: Buddha Beats the Dragon
By Sheri Gordon


Hello CruizinCompanions.com friends. Haven’t had internet connection in a few days, so just posting Indonesia port reviews now.

Day 5, At Sea

Stormy and rough—many queasy passengers. Heri, our Indonesian cabin steward, taught us some basic Indonesian etiquette: Don’t beckon someone with your index finger, don’t shake hands with your left hand, and never stand with your hands on your hips. (That one will be hard for me.)

Day 6, Lombok

The ship docked at Lembar Port, where we met our guide, Dedy. He told us about his island of 3 million people—mostly Muslims—as he sped past groves of palm trees and expansive rice paddies. At Banya Mulek, we climbed into cidomos (horse-drawn carts). We well-fed tourists sat two per cart—the Indonesians ride six per cidomo—plus groceries!)

Next we went to Sade-Rambitan—a traditional Sasak village. (The Sasak people make up 85% of the island population.) Their primitive houses are built on a steep hillside, with floors made of clay, dung, and straw. Dedy explained that the houses stink for a while, but the smell eventually goes away.

Our final stop was Kuta Beach, where we saw herds of water buffalo grazing in nearby swamps. Some of our group swam in the Indian Ocean, but the water was too warm for me after our hot, humid day. (Dedy said the water temperature is about 95 degrees.) I chose to wait for the ship’s refreshing pool instead.

Day 7, Komodo Island

This is the port I have been most anxious about—I don’t think I get along too well with dragons. Plus, it’s already stifling outside—oh, joy.

As we pulled into port, we could see a small village further down the shore. I cannot imagine living alongside 9-foot long, venomous, man-eating lizards! Ew-ick!

(They’re calling our disembarkation number…wish me luck.)

6 hours later I am back on board, still alive—barely—and yes, it was awful.

First, a little info about the monster, I mean monitor lizards. They can grow to be 11 feet long and weigh 300 pounds! Komodo dragons are carnivores—oh, really?—eating mostly deer, wild boars, and goats. They prefer their meals already dead, but will kill when necessary. If really hungry, they will eat their own babies—so the little ones learn to climb trees to stay alive. (Picture a 3-foot “baby” Komodo dragon dropping on your head as you stroll under a tamarind tree. Yikes!)

My fear of being eaten by one of these lethal lizards is not unfounded. We learned that just recently, a 10-foot dragon sauntered into a man’s house and bit him on the leg. The man was rushed to the hospital for surgery because the monitor lizard’s venomous bite will kill you!

After hearing all of that, we continued on the Komodo dragon expedition anyway—just call me pea-brained. We followed a ranger (very closely) along a muddy, narrow trail, past fields of lemongrass rife with bees and beautiful butterflies. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to enjoy any of the scenery because we were told to watch for dragons and snakes in the grass. Are we having fun yet?

We finally arrived at a rock pit where we were rewarded with the pleasure of observing four ferocious-looking, apparently-ticked-off, monitor lizards. While we stood “safely”—yeah, right—on the viewing platform, two rangers “controlled” the raucous reptiles with large sticks. In my estimation, had those lizards been a bit hungrier, those rangers would have made mighty fine entrees.

Another group of tourists arrived, occupying a second viewing platform, and the dragons became even more agitated. Our entourage snapped a few quick pictures and high-tailed it out of there.

Safely back on our 60-ton cruise ship, I can tell you this about Komodo Island—never again!

Day 8, At Sea

Calm cruising on the Java Sea. Unfortunately, I have a monster migraine…probably from the stress of those monster lizards.

Day 9, Java

Semarang, Java is an industrial port—lots of noise, which didn’t help my lingering migraine. (Those darn dragons!)

We had a typical “touristy” day—seeing too much in too little time. The most interesting stop was at Candi Borobudur—the famous Buddhist temple. Built in 800 A.D., it was hidden under jungle vegetation until discovered by the British and Dutch in the early 1800’s. It took over 100 years to restore the temple, which houses 504 statues of Buddha!

I’m not a Buddhist, but Buddha beats the dragon any day.

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Gerald Shuler 03/05/09
I kept waiting for the battle between Buddha and the dragon. I wondered how you would tie it all together and you did it beautifully with your last line. Great writing.
Sharon Kane03/08/09
A very amusing story and I learned a lot about Komodo dragons!
Carol Slider 03/08/09
I've seen Komodo dragons at the zoo. I'm glad I've only seen them when they're behind VERY thick glass! I would have preferred the Buddhist temple, too! Well done.
Connie Dixon03/08/09
Hmmmm, stay on the ship and swim, or wade through dangerous dragons and snakes. Not sure I get this. Good writing tho', and I learned a lot!
Catrina Bradley 03/08/09
I like this format - original! The casual writing style fits it perfectly. It's clear to me which port stop made the biggest impression on the blogger. My only ink is that I wish you had had enough words to give that much detail about the entire trip. I enjoyed this a lot.
Joanne Sher 03/09/09
Cute and clever - love the title! Great voice.
Karlene Jacobsen03/10/09
I chuckled at the end. By your title, I was thinking as I read, "So when does Buddha beat the dragon?"

Silly me. I caught on in the last line.

Thanks for the warning about Kimodo island. I think I'll avoid that port.

Good job.
Karlene Jacobsen03/10/09
Oooops, I meant Komodo.
Jan Ackerson 03/10/09
Fun format, very witty voice, and you've made me even more detrmined than ever to never go on a cruise. One of the best titles ever, too!
Peter Stone03/11/09
Excellent job of presenting so much information in an entertaining fashion. Lines like 'Dedy explained that the houses stink for a while, but the smell eventually goes away.' and the one about the baby monitors hiding up trees to stop their parents eating them cracked me up.
Sara Harricharan 03/11/09
Heehee! This is a fun entry! I liked the ending best of all that really explained your title to me. Great stuff!